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Figs, Flora + Lavender & Blue Hues – This Is Wedding Inspiration at Its Finest!

There is nothing so romantic as a table overflowing with seasonal fruits, especially jewel-like figs, and just-picked vineyard grapes. Set at the verdant Stone Tower Winery, today’s wedding inspiration feels reminiscent of a Dutch Master’s painting. SRS Events planned every fine art detail to perfection, and Eight Tree Street Florals created meadow walkways and artfully unfinished arches that seemed to envelop and embrace the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Like the most carefully placed brushstrokes, the reception details picked up all these naturally-occurring blues, from refined blue-and-white floral linens to a table dappled with dahlias and studded with blackberries. Bouquets of grapes and handfuls of figs evoked the vineyard setting, and lavender and blue gowns added to the feeling of enchantment. Drift into a reverie as you take in the full gallery and admire every romantic photo by Alicia Lacey Photography.

From SRS Events… The newlyweds chose Stone Tower Winery nestled in Leesburg, Virginia with a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains as their elopement venue. The bride loves blues and figs are her favorite fruit, so she sought to mesh these loves together for her special day. The stationery from Wild Hearts Calligraphy & Design was vibrant and rich to coincide with the bold linen she chose for her dining table. Her lavender hued BHLDN wedding dress was a subtle nod to the purples in the figs, and her bouquet also brought in the purple and mauve hues. 

Her BHLDN bridesmaid’s dress {Sadia} tied into the blues in the BBJ table linens. The couple said their I Dos with the mountains in the distance under a freestanding asymmetrical arch and a living floral aisle created by Eight Tree Street. As guests took their seats at the table, the table setting was bold yet still inviting. A pleasant contrast from the neutrals trendy in other wedding designs. Dining al fresco into the evening, the newlyweds then departed the next day to their honeymoon in Italy.

Love the look? Here are a few more details from SRS Events and this incredible team!

Stationery and day-of paper by Wild Hearts Calligraphy:
Suite – Invitation card on Fir handmade paper with white digital printing. Save the Date – vellum wrap with noir digital printing. Midnight envelopes with gold hand done calligraphy and vintage postage.
Menus – Dusty rose cardstock with white digital printing and greenery illustrated vellum wrap printed in white.
Vow booklets – Off white handmade paper, midnight velvet ribbon. Blind letterpress.

Floral Design by Eight Tree Street
Arch – The arch was a freestyle no floral foam designed in tandem with the new wave of “foam free” florals as an environmental movement and included foraged branches, grasses.
Bouquet – The bouquet included garden roses, white and gray premium standard roses (touches of Early Grey), also local dahlias, and whimsical details with white/purple sweet peas, hellebores and purple clematis vines. Ribbon was from Silk & Willow.
Centerpieces – Cement vessels were filled with local dahlias, ranunculus, autumn clematis vines, roses, purple clematis, limelight hydrangeas, and parrot tulips.
Ceremony – A “Living Aisle” included foraged branches, Queen Anne’s lace in white and brown, dahlias, limelight hydrangeas, roses, larkspur and huck.
Sweetheart Table – A lush design of locally grown flowers including limelight hydrangeas, dahlias, clematis, with touches of roses, parrot tulips and purple clematis.

Photographer: Alicia Lacey Photography | Planner: SRS Events | Floral Design: EightTreeStreet | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Liberty Baking Co. | Stationery: Wild Hearts Calligraphy | Shoes: Bella Belle | Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Accessories: BHLDN | Beauty: Agape Makeup | Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN | Linen: BBJ Linen | Models: KC, Andrew & Emily | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Welcome Box: Marigold & Grey

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Dusty Blue Garden Wedding at The Rust Manor House

For these ‘university sweethearts,’ a romantic garden wedding at The Rust Manor House was the perfect setting to say I Do and I couldn’t agree more! There is something about those dusty blue details against a lush green backdrop, that kept me scrolling for more. Add in the couple’s adorable french bulldog puppy and a second reception dress and I was completely sucked in! Audra Wrisley Photography was there to photograph the day planned by SRS Events and captured every romantic moment, including their choreographed first dance. Can you even handle it?!

From the Photographer…Synnie & James’s beautiful and intimate Rust Manor House wedding was held in the historic property’s garden and tented areas and filled with ivory blooms and greenery at every corner! The couple met and fell in love in college at Virginia Tech, and their relationship slowly blossomed since their university years.

James proposed in Paris on a European trip the couple took last year, and they subsequently started dreaming up their magical wedding celebration. Synnie’s eye for detail brought so many delightful touches to their wedding day, and the color palette of dusty blue paired with the garden greens and ivory florals was absolutely gorgeous on film.

They even had their adorable French Bulldog puppy Mochi in on the fun, and he was such a sweet addition to the day! Synnie and James celebrated their vows with a beautiful bubble exit and welcomed guests into the tented reception area for dinner and dancing.

The couple’s favorite part of the wedding was their incredible first dance, inspired by the film La La Land. Spending their weekly date nights working on choreography to a beautiful song from Amelie, the couple wowed their guests with their lovely wedding dance.

Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Coordination : SRS Events | Floral Design: EightTreeStreet | Cake: Sweets By E | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Catering: Great Blue Heron | Hair & Makeup: Susan Lim | DJ: Michael Cruz | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Harpist: Megan Kathleen Davis | Venue: Rust Manor | Bride's Ceremony Dress: BHLDN | Bride's Reception Dress: Alex Veil | Bridesmaid's Dress: BHLDN | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Shoes: Tod's

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Beauty is in the Details of This Alfresco Affair at Oatlands Plantation

Undeniable fact: this alfresco wedding captured by Lisa Zeising for Abby Jiu Photography is gorgeous. Every last floral-filled inch will make your heart skip a beat. But when you really start to peel back the layers, you’ll find the cutest personalized details tucked inside. Things like a paper floral seating card wall, a liquid courage cart to get guests on the dance floor and mini tacos + margaritas for nibbling all planned by Roberts and Co Events + florals by J Morris Flowers. See the beauty unfold right here!

Katie and Ari envisioned a breezy summer day filled with friends, and amazing food, and a great party to wrap their year long engagement. The stars aligned and not only were they given the perfect sunny June day, but their friends and family were treated to a day full of personal and fun treats to celebrate their wedding day.

Katie fell in love with the gardens at Oatlands, and with their vendor team created a garden oasis complete with floral wall seating chart, and open air tent to enjoy that glorious summer day. Guests noshed on passed pairings such as tacos and mini margaritas, and sipped summer cucumber gimlets during cocktail hour.

After cocktail hour, guests joined the couple under their open air tent for a three course dinner followed by a liquid courage cart to promote dancing and fun all night long. Glow sticks, after dinner cordials, and comfortable flip flops broke the ice and helped out their crowd to dance all night long!

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Videography : Bowen Films | Florals: J. Morris Flowers | Dress: Ines Di Santo | cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Church: St Marks Catholic Church | Catering: Design Cuisine | DJ: DJ Dan Goldman | Venue: Oatlands Plantation | Bar acessories: For Your Party | Beauty: Modern Bridal Studio | Paper: Jenifer Sirkis Designs | Planning: Roberts & Co. Events | Rentals: DC Rentals | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

Virginia Wedding That Embraces Timeless Beauty

We asked our bride, Grace, to describe her personal style, to which she said: Classic, feminine, simple, timeless. There’s nothing that give us more joy than when we see that our couples are able to successfully project their personal styles and preferences into their wedding. Grace and Stephen’s wedding at Rust Manor House in Leesburg, VA was a gorgeous display of delicate and simple elegance. Embracing the beauty of the venue, and being guided by the softness of the blue and blush hues, there was love and joy surrounding our sweet couple throughout the whole event. ~ Claire Duran Weddings & Events

From the gorgeous flowers by Holly Chapple to how Hannah Bjorndal captured everything masterfully, we truly love everything about this wedding and we hope that you do too! ~claire duran

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Photography: Hannah Bjorndal | Videography: Altamira Films | Wedding Coordination: Claire Duran Weddings And Events | Flowers: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Cake: The Cake Boutique VA | Stationery: Champagne Press | Catering: Rust Manor | Hair & Makeup: Vintage Veils | Venue: Rust Manor | Getaway Car: DCA Car Service | Rentals: Party Rental LTD

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Vintage Field Guides Inspired This Sweet Botanical Celebration

Inspired by the vintage field guides she enjoyed flipping through as a child at her grandparents’ home, this bride envisioned a magical, botanical celebration for her wedding day at Murray Hill. Bringing on a team of excellent vendors including Holley Heider Chapple, Claire Durán Weddings and Events, Amie Decker Beauty, Lisa Blume Photography, and Jenny Yoo Collection made her refined, organic vision come to life. And can you believe the bride created the seed favor packets herself? We have major heart eyes!

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From the Bride… I grew up in Virginia but spent many years living in NYC after college. Then four years ago I decided to come back to DC.  Chad did his share of working and living overseas before deciding he wanted to settle down back here in Washington. Then a little over two years ago, the stars aligned, and we finally met each other at long last, right here in the city where we both returned.

We had tried to coordinate our first date a few times before. The first time, Chad had reached out and politely asked if we could reschedule due to an opportunity that had just come along for him to go deep-sea fishing that weekend, which doesn’t come along very frequently. I was mostly just intrigued to learn that this intellectual I had a date with apparently also had a deep-sea fishing hobby. He instead suggested another evening later in the week, but I had just landed tickets to see my all-time favorite band (the Pixies) play at the 9:30 Club, so that night wouldn’t work either. Chad would later tell me that he was intrigued to learn that I apparently had very good taste in music. So needless to say, we were both pretty curious about each other by the time we actually met.

It turned out that we were both going to be near Dupont Circle the following Monday evening, so we ended up at this hilarious Irish pub together, which I still laugh about. I had a raspy voice from seeing the Pixies show the night before, so I was having a little trouble talking over the impromptu karaoke session that seemingly started out of nowhere over in the corner. I was telling him about the show when Chad chimed in about all the bands he’s into himself, and with that discovery, the two of us basically launched into a few hours of extended discussion on our favorite albums and indie rock bands. This alone would have been enough to fill a whole night of conversation, but what actually drew me in was our countless other quirky interests and shared passions that kept popping up and surprising each other that night. We both had an inexplicable affinity for Japanese culture, a passion for cooking complicated meals, a love for city living. We soon traded stories about scuba diving and massive DIY home improvement projects we’ve undertaken (with questionable judgement), our tech geekery, our obsessive interest in design, and many other areas where uncanny overlaps kept coming up. It was clear that we both had a tendency to take on personal projects and completely immerse ourselves in our interests with studious attention and curiosity. Suddenly, we were on our fifth date within just one week’s time, and Chad said something about how he “collects hobbies”. It was in that moment that it kind of dawned on me: I might be face to face with one of my own kind. And that is how our loved ones tend to describe the two of us – we are totally one another’s missing other half. I never imagined that someone so perfect for me existed. We were soon over the moon for one another. 

Chad was pretty smooth about things the night he proposed, I must say. He created a scavenger hunt for me leading up to big the moment. First, you should know that there was an occasion where I had pointed out a ring to him somewhere. It was a simple infinity band, but with long baguette-cut stones alternating with the tiny round-cut stones all the way around it.  “I love this!” I told him.  “It goes dot-dash-dot… it’s like MORSE CODE,” I whispered to him loudly.  He got a laugh out of that, because of course, a geek like me would be obsessed with the fact that it looks like Morse code.  Months later, the two of us had plans to meet some of his friends for a nice dinner out on a Friday night.  And I was completely unsuspecting that it was anything more, which by the way is typically IMPOSSIBLE to pull off with me. I had been getting ready when I suddenly discovered that there was a gorgeous bouquet of calla lilies waiting for me on the dining room table.  When I then saw a stack of numbered envelopes that were tied with a beautiful ribbon sitting alongside the flowers, I kind of knew that something else was going on that evening.  He had written out messages on each of the cards…in Morse code.  I had to decode these first, which ended up being a series of addresses.  I wasn’t allowed to look up what the addresses were, I was just instructed to go to each.  When I arrived at the address on the first card, it ended up being the cheesy Irish pub in Dupont!  We had a drink and together we laughed and relived memories from that night.  After that drink, there were a few other stops we made together, but when we reached the Tidal Basin where the cherry blossom trees grow, that is where he got down on one knee in the moonlight and proposed.  He gave me a gorgeous vintage diamond ring that had been in his family for several generations – it’s absolutely beautiful.  And afterwards, ever the foodie, we celebrated with the most amazing meal – a private dining experience at the most divine restaurant in the city (Minibar), where they welcomed us with congratulatory glasses of champagne when we arrived because they already knew that he had just proposed!

When I discovered Murray Hill during my venue search, it was simply a match made in heaven. It is such a magical venue, and has so many elements that made us excited – the riverside ceremony, for example. The estate setting with its formal gardens has an enchanting elegance about it by the manor house, and then there’s the reflecting pool, which has a secret garden feel to it. And last but not least, the renovated barn. I’ve always imagined having a barn wedding. I love the idea of everyone feeling relaxed and easy. Having all of these elements in one venue really suits the two of us. We used the refined manor house for the ceremony, transitioned to the gorgeous formal gardens for the cocktail hour, and then the beautiful barn for the celebration.  It was as if we had three venues in one, and it all connected organically.

We were going for a botanical garden look that was organic and refined.  For me it was all about the botanicals.  I adore everything about flowers and gardening, and Chad is a world-class outdoorsman and unbelievable home chef who grows a whole garden of herbs and ingredients every year.  This all naturally came together for the botanical garden theme.  And I knew that Holly Chapple lived in Loudoun County, who was a trailblazer in botanical floral design – it all seemed meant to be.  Then one night I was remembering my grandparent’s home and how they loved nature and had so many old field guides that I used to flip through, looking at the sketches.  I bought several vintage field guides on wildflowers and used the pages inside for much of our wedding stationery.

Holly Chapple did such an unbelievable job with the floral design – my guests are still talking about the breathtaking flowers!  They were beyond my wildest dreams, and my heart just sang when I saw what she had done.  I am so very grateful to have worked with her.

Also, in the days leading up to the wedding, I began to consider having the ceilings draped in the barn, which we had not planned on originally.  I sent an inquiry to Elegant Momentz, who I knew had done draping there before, to see if it might still be possible, although I did not expect they could on such short notice.  I was floored when they put the wheels in motion and made it happen!  And the effect was gorgeous.

Chad proposed with an heirloom diamond ring from three generations ago. Chad’s family has an interesting lineage of American diplomats, and this ring is a piece from his great-grandmother’s collection from when she lived in Italy. One of the things I really love is that we are getting married on the 8th of the month, and this ring with its two diamonds is shaped like the number “8”.

Our favorite memory from the entire day was our first dance – I forgot that anyone else was in the room.  It felt like it was just the two of us, and I was filled with so much love and joy in my heart to be holding the hand of the man I love so much.

Also, my older brother Josh knew how much I love string lights, and so he teamed up with one of my bridesmaids’ husbands to surprise me by putting up twinkle lights along the perimeter of the yard that day.  Not only did I absolutely love the lights, but I was so incredibly touched that they had done that for me.

I was definitely a DIY bride.  I love design so much, and doing the event design for our wedding became my creative outlet – I worked away for weeks on all of the little details, from designing the stationery to picking all of the glassware and place settings.  I loved dreaming up the menus, place cards, and table numbers in the theme of the vintage wildflower field guides, and sourcing all of the elements needed to bring my ideas to life.  I also have some limited experience in graphic design, so I was able to create a custom graphic to look like a vintage seed packet with our wedding details.  We used that for our wedding favors, which were candy-coated sunflower seeds.

I wanted a gown with illusion detailing at the neckline and layering in the skirt – they remind me of icing on gorgeous cakes.  I had visited several bridal salons and tried on many without finding one that felt right.  But, like many brides, one day I happened to try on a dress that was not what I had been looking for – in my case, it was a drop-waisted gown.  It felt so right that I immediately switched course in what I was looking for.  I found a photo of a gown by Watters that had gorgeous fabric and what appeared to be the perfect drop-waist silhouette.  After making some phone calls, I was fortunate enough to find a boutique that carried a sample.  It was my first visit to Lovely Bride in Georgetown, and I did not need to try on anything else after I put that Watters gown on.  It was the one.  The only thing it was missing was the layering in the skirt and the illusion neckline that I had originally envisioned.  So I put my drawing skills to work and came up with a sketch of design changes.  I worked with a seamstress to bring the customized design to life and the result was dreamy!


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Photography: Lisa Blume Photography | Coordination: Claire Duran Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Murray Hill | Reception Venue: Murray Hill | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Grandale Farm | Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Hair: Tress Hair Co. | Calligraphy: test | DJ: DJ Romes | Cake Topper: Green And Blue Studio Couture | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Getting Ready Venue : The Woodmark Hotel and Yacht Club | Letterpress: Laughing Owl Press | Paper Goods: Bride | Rentals: Jefferson Rentals | Rentals: Select Event Group | Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box

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The Family Heirloom China Pattern Inspired This Bride’s Big Day

Working in the wedding world, I have the pleasure of hearing of some of the most thoughtful and creative ways couples honor loved ones throughout their big days. Today’s wedding decor inspo is one of those extra special ones – the sweet Bride, a high school art teacher, had one of her students recreate the floral pattern of her grandmother’s china, and Kruse + Vieira Events expertly incorporated this watercolor painting throughout the celebration. It made for not only the prettiest of weddings, but also one of the most meaningful, and you can see it all here with thanks to the gorgeous photos by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography.

From Kruse + Vieira EventsIt was such a pleasure to help Melissa and Brennan plan and design their romantic Stone Tower Winery wedding. From our first meeting, Melissa had mentioned the desire to use her grandmother’s china pattern as the guide for her color palette. We ended up taking it a step further and having one of her high school art students recreate the floral pattern in watercolor form to use throughout her big day. This was just one small example of the thoughtfulness that this couple put into commemorating their loved ones and their relationship through the deliberate personal touches that permeated their big day.

The ceremony took place at St. John’s the Apostle where Melissa’s uncle officiated the wedding. Following the ceremony, guests were greeted with a wine tasting bar at Stone Tower Winery as a nod to the couple’s proposal, which took place after a visit to their favorite wine tasting bar. It was important to Melissa and Brennan to provide their guests with interactive and personalized experiences. Food and wine played a big part of that with a curated passed appetizer selection from Occasion’s Catering to pair with the couple’s favorite Stone Tower wines. The French fry station ended up being one of the bigger hits of the evening with the Cacio e Sale (parmesan and sea salt) – a nod to the Bride’s Italian heritage – being the crowd favorite.

One of the biggest wow moments ended up being the escort card display directing guests to their tables. Melissa spent hours collecting photos of the couple’s friends and family with them that we turned into black and white polaroid-esque escort cards displayed on a large wooden frame adorned with delicate blooms and stunning Café au lait dahlias.

Melissa loves soft lavender, blush, and white blooms so there was no shortage of peonies and roses in the bouquets and centerpieces. Sweet Root Village even added some fragrant little fresh lavender buds to the boutonnieres. Simple, elegance was our guiding principle for the tables, which allowed Sweet Root Village’s stunning florals to be the main focus. We paired natural linens with lots of soft candle light and several other romantic textures such as silk ribbon tied around the menus and a vintage lace runner on the head table. After dinner, the dance floor filled up quickly and remained packed throughout the evening with several spontaneous dance-offs bursting out. The dancing went on into the night and only paused shortly when late night snacks of Brennan’s favorite breakfast food – egg and bacon biscuits –were served before finally coming to an end with a stunning sparkler exit.

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Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Event Planning + Design: Kruse & Vieira Events | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Ceremony Venue: St. John's the Apostle | Reception Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Makeup: DNA Lab | Hair: Brianna B Adams | DJ: Black Tie Entertainment | Transportation: Road Yachts

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An Absolutely Beautiful Boudoir + Bridal Shoot For All Brides-To-Be

Before the hustle and bustle of the busy wedding day, this Bride decided to take a few moments and capture the beauty of the moment to remember forever. And so, Alicia Lacey snapped away and this lovely lady donned a few gorgeous gowns and robes, and prepped for her upcoming “I do’s”. These finished results have us swooning in every sense and completely convinced that every bride-to-be needs to take note!

From Wild Green YonderThe age old wisdom of, “your wedding day will go by in a flash,” was heard by this real bride, Lauren, more times than she could easily count. She knew the whirlwind of the big day would preclude her from capturing all those little details that she wanted to cherish forever. To compensate for this, she opted to do a boudoir and bridal session beforehand to ensure she could slow down and soak in the moment. Lauren embodied the essence of femininity during her boudoir portraits by wearing three different, yet complementary looks that included a vintage two-piece set by Claire Pettibone, a dreamy lace robe and a flowing floral wrap. For her bridal portraits, Lauren’s elegance and grace were highlighted by her bespoke Paolo Sebastian gown. The entire look was complemented by a lush bouquet designed by Wild Green Yonder overflowing with peonies and silk ribbons.

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Photography: Alicia Lacey Photography | Floral Design: Wild Green Yonder | Wedding Dress: Paolo Sebastian | Engagement Ring: David Yurman | Jewelry: Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart | Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | Hair: Nancy Vaughn of O'Haira's Salon + Day Spa | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Floral Robe: BHLDN | Hair Clip: jennifer behr | Hand-dyed Silk Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Lace Robe: GirlandaSeriousDream | Lingerie: Claire Pettibone | Mini Paintings: ArtExistentia | Pearls: Mikimoto | Tailor: Zoya's Atelier

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High School Sweethearts Tie the Knot With Garden Romance

My very favorite moments of this Virginia garden wedding are the simple ones. The pre-ceremony exchange of vows with only their parents in attendance, the private dinner made just for two, and the madly-in-love way these high school sweethearts still look at one another. It’s a celebration filled so much heart, and with some of our favorite vendors like Kristin SweetingHolly Chapple and JKW Beauty on the lineup, you better believe this is one gallery you can’t afford to miss.

From Kristin SweetingA secret garden, a private ceremony, and a floral veil are just a few of the magical details that took place at this April wedding on the plantation of Oatlands Historic House and Gardens.

Choosing a venue is one of the most important pieces of planning a wedding. When you find the perfect venue, it speaks to you – and all of the carefully planned details just fall into place. This is exactly what happened for an April bride touring Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. Its grand nature and historical past that sits on 415 acres, along with hidden details such as secret gardens, a tucked-away cottage, and the oldest standing greenhouse in the South. These little spots would provide the perfect setting for the couple’s planned private moments among the day’s celebration.

The bride and groom were high school sweethearts, attending senior prom together and dating for ten years, so a big celebration of their love was a long time coming. The couple wanted not only to include a large group of friends and family but also to share special moments with only each other to reflect upon and celebrate their love. A first look, then a pre-ceremony exchange of vows surrounded by only their parents, followed by a private dinner for two in the lush gardens by the pond.

The vintage feel of the estate and its surroundings matched the overall theme of tradition with a twist. Vintage silhouettes of the bride and groom, inspired by a family heirloom, were present on the invitations, stationery, signs, and seating chart. The bride’s big entrance came in the form of an elegant vintage car. Neutral colors in the bridesmaid dresses let the beauty of the florals, including fresh flowers in the bride’s veil, truly shine. Tables were lined with a garland of colorful flowers with fresh greenery and delicate twinkle lights sprinkled in. Shades of beige, pink, navy, and silver showed up in small but impactful details, like the groomsmen’s blue suits matching the blue anemone flowers in the bridesmaids’ bouquets and the blueberries on the wedding cake.

Longstanding tradition combined with personal touches and memories created with the couple’s closest friends and family against the magical backdrop of Oatlands Historic House and Gardens made the day feel like a timeless fairy tale.

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Photography: Kristin Sweeting Photography | Event Planning: Tricia Christine Events | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Cake: Cindy Michaels and Peggy Fletcher | Hair + Makeup: JKW Beauty | Band: Affirmative Groove | Venue: Oatlands Historic House and Gardens | Caterering: Tuscarora Mills | Rentals: Capital Party Rentals

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The Recipe for a Perfectly Elegant Wedding

I spent a cozy chunk of time with this editorial captured by Rachel May Photography—and for good reason. It’s jam packed with layer upon layer of elegance. From the ridiculously pretty florals by Wild Green Yonder to the table draped in La Tavola linens, I’m challenging one of you to use this shoot as your Big Day blueprint.

From Rachel May PhotographyWhen I first began planning this editorial, I was inspired in a completely different direction. The day I met with Lori of Wild Green Yonder at Rust Manor for a venue walk through, the direction of the shoot completely changed. As we explored the venue, the natural tones of the stone and beauty of the property just spoke for itself. We ran with the natural warm tones from the stone of the front porch to pull together a minimal yet elegant look.

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Photography: Rachel May Photography | Floral Design: Wild Green Yonder | Cake: Catherine George Cakes | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Tux: The Black Tux | Earrings: Nadri | Glassware: Crate & Barrel | Gown & Veil: Claire Pettibone | Hair & Makeup Artist: Susan Lim | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Models: Modelogic Wilhelmina | Paper & Calligraphy: Julie Ha | Plates & Flatware: West Elm

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A Bridal Shoot Inspired by Old World Europe

What do you get when you combine the vibes of Old World Europe with the modern, chic design sensibilities of Eventi Floral & Events? This inspiration shoot, that’s what. Go ahead and get comfortable, because we’re pretty sure you’ll want to stay in this gallery a good, long while.

From Eventi Floral & Events… We went into the shoot dreaming of Old World Europe peppered with modern touches so the Tuscan feel of Stone Tower Winery was the perfect location. The loose and organic bridal bouquet, the lace detailing on the dress, and the embroidered suede ballet flats kept things soft and romantic.

At the same time, we wanted to anchor the tablescape so we used a heavier velvet linen paired with metal and wood café chairs. Some extra special elements were the mini cheesecakes provided by Heirloom DC at each guest’s place settings as well as the vintage knife rests.


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Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography | Wedding Dress: Love Couture Bridal | Stationery: The Dandelion Patch | Bride's Shoes: Aerin | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Catering: Heirloom Catering & Event Design | Hair + Makeup: Behind The Veil | Men's Attire: Menguin | Desserts: Catherine George Cakes | Floral Design + Styling: Eventi Floral & Events | Food Stylist: Heirloom Catering & Event Design | Model: Meghan | Napkins: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Winery: Stone Tower Winery

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Chic + Romantic Winter Wedding Inspiration

In my dream world, this is what winter would look like – crisp, clear, and not a snowflake in sight. It would still have that warmth and intimacy that we crave this time of year and add in some romance, and we have the perfect recipe for a winter wedding. Designed by Atrendy Wedding, with a Buttercream Bakeshop cake that is that I can’t stop thinking of, and hair and makeup magic by Amie Decker Beauty, this shoot captured by Amelia Johnson is just the right thing to put us all in the approaching seasonal mood. Join me in our Vault gallery right here!

From Atrendy WeddingAn ultra-feminine lace gown and a romantic updo, a gold palette with whispers of green and burgundy, and an intimate reception setting in a wine cellar set the stage for an opulent winery photo shoot with understated winter details. Over-the-top florals, candlelight, shimmer, and subtle wintery details came together perfectly under Amelia Johnson’s talented lens.

Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography | Event Design: Atrendy Wedding | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Wedding Dress: Hitched Salon | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design | Transportation: Vintage Limos | Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Chair Rentals: Select Event Group | Drapery: Fabrication Events | Gift Basket: Marigold & Grey | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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Elegant English Garden Wedding Inspiration

Camille Catherine Photography has a way with the camera lens that truly transports. Perfect example? This elegant garden inspiration complete with Holly Chapple blooms. See it all firsthand in The Vault!

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From Claire Durán Weddings & EventsFor this shoot we were inspired by the beauty of Morven Park’s gardens. The objective was to present an elegant, classic and timeless aesthetic, based on a palette of neutrals with a pop of navy blue; while we never intended to make it an English-garden theme, somehow this was always in the back of our minds, just as a very subtle muse. Having created this shoot with a purposefully simplistic feel, we wanted to appeal to the couple who is looking for an understated yet elevated style, and who wants to explore the possible connections between the strong natural beauty of their venue and different carefully curated elements that introduce texture and depth to their events’ styling.

Photography: Camille Catherine Photography | Event Planning + Design: Claire Duran Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Ring: Melissa Tysons Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coralie Beatrix | Hair + Makeup: Up Dos For I Dos | Calligraphy: Corsivo Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: Lapel | Venue: Morven Park | Female Bride Model: Brittany Sprinkle | Hair Accessories + Veil: Lindsay Marie Design | Male Model: CJ Steves | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Ribbon: Honey Silks And Company | Wedding Dress [Sunrise]: Ivy And Aster

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Traditional Beauty Meets Modern Sleek Style… And We Can’t Get Enough

Virginia continues to amaze and impress me when it comes to wedding inspiration and this shoot by Elisa Bricker is perfect proof. Mallory Joyce took the traditional beauty of this historic manor and infused it with modern and minimalist detailing creating a scene I’d be quite happy to live in. Plume Calligraphy set the stage and all that followed can be found in our Vault aka where I’ll be all day long. Join me there!

From Elisa Bricker… This shoot features floral and concept design and styling by Mallory Joyce, who blended this modern couple’s aesthetic with the bride’s historic family home. She chose linens, florals, and calligraphy to nod to the more traditional home, and more modern pieces in the silverware, and glassware on the tables.

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Event Design: Mallory Joyce | Floral Design: Mallory Joyce | Wedding Dress: Lora Kelley | Cake: Maliha Creations | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: Anna Breeding | Invitations + Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Rust Manor | Cheese Board + Pitcher: Farmhouse Pottery

This Bride’s Grandma? Best. Officiant. Ever.

This wedding is what bespoke celebrations are all about. It’s one part Southern and one part Scottish as a nod to the bride’s family heritage. But my very favorite detail? The grandmother of the bride didn’t just attend the wedding, she actually married them. Talk about a day to remember. Vicki Grafton photographed, Monachetti filmed, and we’re headed straight to The Vault.

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From Ashlee Virginia EventsSince the wedding was in the fall and took place at Oatlands which is a beautiful lush outdoors venue, we came up with a color scheme that spoke to Margot and also enhanced the gardens. Since the ceremony took place in the lower gardens we celebrated the gardens that already had greenery bloomed, and decided to just highlight the space with floral arrangements at the altar. The bridesmaids dresses were navy, so we choose a color scheme of creams, grey’s, beiges, greens, and whites to compliment the navy.

James is preppy and loves the outdoors so we incorporated some items within the design that he would be surprised about, for example the taxidermy ducks, the bird stamps, and the cigar/whisky bar. Since Margot’s family heritage includes a Scottish background, she wanted to make sure we included the navy tartan pattern that still complimented the color scheme. We had the navy tartan pops of pattern throughout the design with the groomsmen’s pocket squares, blankets and scarves for the guests, and a tartan runner for the guestbook.

From The Bride… I like to think our love story is very “quintessential DC.” James and I met while standing in line on Capitol Hill. My first thought was “this is such a great networking opportunity,” because, of course, we live in DC and both worked in the same sector at that time.

We sent a few emails back and forth, but then quickly lost touch. Fast forward one year — I moved to a house in Glover Park and noticed “this man” who I recognized but couldn’t quite place. Turns out, “this man” would be my future husband James. James reached out to me soon after, and we found out that we lived and worked a block away from one another – the closest thing to fate either one of us has ever experienced.

Our first date was at a bar called Circa in Dupont Circle. A “happy hour” soon turned into a three hour discussion about everything from fantasy football to our favorite music to our love for the outdoors. We then decided to train for a half marathon together, and James spent the next few months trying to keep up with me. It was during those runs that we realized that we had something special. All of this led to an engagement on May 31st, 2014 when we were vacationing at a friend’s lake house while watching the sun set over the mountains.

James is from California, and I’m from Boston, but we’ve absolutely fallen in love with the Virginia countryside since living in DC. I grew up riding horses, and James is an avid fly fisherman, so we like to think we have a little bit of the south in us, even though we didn’t grow up here. Even though the wedding was black tie optional, we wanted to keep the design very simple, and elegant – with a lot of white and green tied in. Some of my highlights was the long farmhouse table (where the wedding party sat), the bourbon/whiskey bar, and the outdoor furniture that we brought in for the cocktail hour.

Our favorite moment by far was when we said our vows in front of our family and friends. It was an incredibly intimate and emotional for us, especially because my grandmother married us. The band was also a highlight – I barely think anyone ate the entire night!

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Cinematography: Monachetti | Event Planning: Ashlee Virginia Events | Floral Design: LeRoy French Flowers | Wedding Dress: Peter Langner | Invitations: Nico & Lala | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Band: Elan Artists | Groomsmen Attire: Menguin | Venue: Oatlands Plantation | Cocktail Music: Paul Pfau | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Paisley & Jade

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Champagne, Crepes, and Lavender! All things French Live in this Provencal Wedding Inspiration

If I could, I would move right into this pretty lil’ gallery. Because when something includes every single one of your favorite things, it’s hard to resist residency. A day complete with Buttercream Bakery cookies and Alicia Lacey Photography behind the lens, we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault!

From Alicia Lacey PhotographyThis romantic Provencal wedding shoot took place in the stunning hedged gardens of Oatlands Plantation with each element designed to inspire the couple who takes pleasure in all things French: fine wine, sharp cheese, and delicious pastries. Commonly a more secluded region of this beautiful country, we wanted the setup to include subtle neutral tones with varying hues of purple as a nod to the lavender fields that fill the area. In true European fashion, the bride’s soft hair and makeup were complemented by her understated gown that featured hints of lace and a dreamy low back. The couple shared a few intimate moments alone with one another before indulging the day that lie ahead.

Photography: Alicia Lacey Photography | Event Design: So Lovely Weddings | Floral Design: So Lovely Weddings | Wedding Dress: Truvelle | Cake: Gateau | Invitations: Jess Creates (The Bride) | Shoes: Valentino | Hair + Makeup: JKW Beauty | Calligraphy: Sincerely Amy Designs | Groom: The Artist Agency | Wedding Venue: Oatlands Plantation | Bride: The Artist Agency | Cookies: Buttercream Bakeshop | Cookies: Buttercream Bakeshop | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Casual + Elegant Virginia Country Estate Wedding

Remember this gorgeous engagement session from Vicki Grafton that had us dreaming of everlasting summer? Well, that beautiful couple is back with their equally lovely wedding. Full of pretty blooms from Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, antique details and a stunning setting, Melissa and Isaac realized their wedding vision for a relaxed, elegant barn dance. See it all in The Vault!

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From Vicki Grafton PhotographyMelissa and Isaac said their vows in May 2015 at a historic country estate in the bride’s hometown of Leesburg, Virginia. Their wedding was a unique blend of casual elegance with blush and white florals by Holly Chapel Flowers, crystal candle holders, silk table runners, and vintage furnishings, all in a large relaxed country barn.

From the Bride… Although our backgrounds appear to be very different–Isaac grew-up in Saskatchewan Canada and became a professional hockey player, and I was raised in Leesburg Virginia and became a psychology major–our core values are very much the same which we wanted reflected in our wedding.

Both of our families nurtured us with an appreciation for nature and good old-fashioned fun, so our we agreed that our ideal wedding would be a relaxed barn dance set in the Virginia countryside. The only challenge was that we also wanted it to be truly elegant. Unfortunately barns and elegance aren’t a natural fit. 

As we researched our options, we realized that our dream wedding had actually been held many times in olden days. People would clean-out their barns and bring-in their finest linens and silver along with other family treasures to create a bit of momentary magic. 

We looked around our homes for what might work and contracted for artisan items such as a hand-stitched guest book that would fit our budget and the authentic heirloom character we wanted to achieve. 

Our budget was helped by creating dried-flower arrangements rather than live ones at our ceremony and cocktail hour sites. And we stripped our parents’ houses of their cut crystal, silver and other antique items (mirrors from foyer walls for our head table arrangement and an art deco bureau from a sitting room for our dessert table) in order to keep costs down. 

The result was more than we expected. By surrounding ourselves with heirloom pieces from our families pasts, as well as artisan creations that would become treasures we would pass on to our children, the authentic emotional landscape was in place. 

The day turned-out to be glorious–forecasted rain that never arrived and wonderful guests who made sure that we felt the love every step of the way–and we were truly overwhelmed with what a miracle the blending of our energies and families had created.

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Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: Carolyn Taylor at Taylor Made | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | Makeup: Jan Scott | Hair: Abri Harrison | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Riverside On The Potomac | Rentals: DC Rental

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Pretty + Pink Rustic Stone Tower Winery Wedding

Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away, and if you need a little refresher on how to write the perfect love letter, you don’t have to look any further than this Groom’s sweet note to his Bride the morning of their wedding. And his words aren’t the only thing that will make you smile—vendors like Candice Adelle PhotographySkipper FilmsPure Whimsy EventsPlum Pretty Sugar and MyDeeJay all worked together to make sure this day was full of joy. See it all in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…With Jake’s love for Loudoun County, Virginia, and my love for wine, we set out to find the most perfect vineyard for our wedding. After visiting countless vineyards with our moms, we stumbled across a new vineyard, Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Virginia. We instantly knew this is where we wanted to be married. The endless rows of grape vines, rolling hills in the distance, and rustic but elegant reception space made for the perfect venue.

Over the next 9 months, all of the pieces began falling into place. My grandma bought me the most beautiful wedding dress and veil, my now mother-in-law designed the prettiest flower arrangements, and my dad made the most gorgeous barn door and wedding arch for our ceremony.

Groom’s card to the bride the morning of the wedding: “Danielle, Five and a half years ago you asked me to borrow my headphones, but little did I know you’d be taking my heart. Since the day I met you, I’ve been captivated by you beauty, energy, kind heartedness, and love you have for me and so many others. I love you more than you could ever know. You are the spitting image of my dream woman and I am the luckiest man alive today, and every day. We didn’t go to school together and we didn’t have any mutual friends; our meeting was fate. Every date and conversation we’ve had has been a first, and each day we learn something new about each other. Today I learned that thinking of you in your wedding dress could make me cry at 7am. I’ve learned that what makes me happiest is seeing your dreams come true and I cannot wait for a lifetime of happiness with you. Thank you for always laughing at my stupid jokes and letting me be myself. You are my inspiration, my comfort zone, and my happy thought. You are my best friend. I promise to always love you and worship our marriage and family. I promise to try and be a better man today than I was yesterday. I promise to make you a mother and be the best father our children could ever have. I promise to grow old with you and love you more with every passing year. So today, I give you not only my headphones, but the rest of my life. And I cannot WAIT to see you! Love always, Cobi”

The morning of the wedding, I remember feeling so calm; knowing that so much time and effort went into making each of these little decisions gave me a sense of peace that everything would go as planned. I truly was more excited to marry my best friend than I was nervous. I even recall telling our amazing wedding planner, Katie Joga, that this bride thing was a cinch and I could totally be a professional bride :)

The weather could not have been more beautiful the day of the wedding; it was actually too beautiful as we had to find shade for our first look!

The ceremony was so beautiful and everything I could have ever hoped for; even the surprise dip from my now husband during our first kiss :)

All night, everyone kept telling us how we were the happiest bride and groom they had ever seen! How our happiness really set the tone for the night. Thinking back, our wedding day was full of so much love, happiness and great memories!

The best advice I can give to a bride and groom, is be sure to let your personalities and relationship shine through on your wedding day. Don’t allow the “chaos” around you or the “wedding structure” take away from the moment you are sharing with your soon to be spouse. It is so fun for me to look back and recall all the little moments where our humorous and often silly love for one another stood out. Let me give you a great example. Our wedding cake was on a barrel, and there wasn’t room for a plate, forks, etc. So, when it came time to cut the cake and all eyes were on, I realized we only had one fork and the cake cutting set. So what do we do? I very gracefully fed Jake his bite on the fork, and Jake very humorously served me a bite of cake on the cake server. It made for a great picture and a fun moment shared between the both of us! 

Since our wedding day, I think Jake and I have looked at our wedding photos at least 100 times. We are so thankful to everyone who made our wedding day so perfect!

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Photography: Candice Adelle Photography | Cinematography: Skipper Films | Event Planning: Pure Whimsy Events | Floral Design: Petals and Hedges | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Stationery: Ribbon & Ink | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: The Chefs Table | Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper and Company | DJ: MyDeejay | Bow Ties: Two Guys Bow Ties | Groom's Attire: Book A Tailor | Officiant: Move On Today | Transportation: Point To Point Limousine | Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Bride's Bracelet: BHLDN | Bride's Earrings: Cheryl King Couture | Bride's Robe: Stone Cold Fox | Bridesmaids + Mother's Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Andrew Tufano Music | Hotel Accommodations: Clarion Inn - Leesburg | Ice Cream Cake: Carvel | Rehearsal Dinner: Tuscarora Mills | Rentals: DC Rental | Uplighting: Electric Entertainment | Wedding Dress + Veil: Liancarlo

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Rustic Virginia Fall Winery Wedding

Virginia is for lovers, so they say, and I couldn’t agree more. Set among the rolling hills of the beautiful Stone Tower Winery, this handsome pair said “I do” and kicked off their new journey together. With the Bride’s calligraphy and design talents on full display and Growing Wild Floral Design’s creations adding the perfect amount of rustic elegance, Michael & Carina captured it all, from the early excitement to the late night laughter. Get in on all this goodness in our VAULT right this way!

From Michael And Carina Photography… This gorgeous fall wedding at a winery in Virginia is everything a bride can hope for! Stephanie and Alex married surrounded by vineyards and overlooking golden hills. The clean slate, cream and green color palette added to the classic feel. Stephanie, a talented calligrapher, designed all paper goods herself. The simple, yet elegant reception details feature farm style tables and lush floral arrangements.

The couple has been inseparable for years; as the sun was setting over the Virginia mountains, they ran across the fields and vineyards. Later, they danced the night away at the Stone Tower Winery surrounded by all their friends and family.

From the Bride… Alex and I started dating in high school, so our wedding was a long-time-coming-celebration with family and friends who have been a part of both of our lives for so long.

Stone Tower Winery was the perfect venue for our big day – a charmingly rustic setting styled with industrial decor and a brand new event space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the vineyards.

Since I design wedding stationery and paper goods for a living, all of the little details were very important to me. It was fun being the bride and making decisions for myself! (Proven to be much harder than I ever expected, by the way. I now have a great appreciation for my clients’ decisiveness during the design process!) I wanted to incorporate my calligraphy and clean, simplistic style, while at the same time letting our personalities shine through with some bold and witty elements playing off of our last name.

All of my visions were perfectly executed and beautifully captured by our great team of vendors and the amazing Michael and Carina. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to to mark the beginning of the rest of our lives together!

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Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Floral Design: Growing Wild Floral Co. | Wedding Dress: Cristiano Lucci | Invitations: Stephanie B Design | Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: A La Carte Catering | Makeup: Victoria Marcus | Calligraphy: Stephanie B Design | DJ: Black Tie DJs | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Paper Goods: Stephanie B Design | Rentals: Electric Entertainment

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Romantic Oatlands Plantation Engagement Session

I’m of the mindset that summer should be 365 days a year, but unfortunately Mother Nature and I aren’t on the same page. Which is why whenever I need a boost of sunshine I turn to Vicki Grafton and her captures from the season. A spontaneous swim paired with sun-kissed scenery, it’s a sweet e-sesh that has me believing in an everlasting sunny season – see it all in The Vault!

From the beautiful Bride… Isaac and I met at an old bar in Old Town, Fort Collins, CO. I was attending school at Colorado State University and he was playing professional hockey with the Colorado Eagles. We were both at the bar to see a comedy show, and he approached me to talk and asked me out on a date. The rest was history!

Isaac proposed on Christmas Eve 2013. I thought we both decided to go to our separate homes for the holiday, mine in Leesburg, Virginia and his in Saskatchewan, Canada, but I had no idea he had planned otherwise. On Christmas Eve he flew out and surprised me at the airport. That evening we went out to an intimate dinner and afterwards we took a walk to look at the decorations and lights at the Old Historical Leesburg Courthouse and that’s where he got down on one knee, in front of the big Christmas Tree and proposed.

From Vicki Grafton PhotographyFor their engagement session Melissa and Isaac flew back to Melissa’s home town of Leesburg Virginia and I was excited to meander around Oatlands Historic Gardens with them. Built two centuries ago in the style of Tidewater Virginia and the owners English ancestry, Oatlands garden terraces are carved directly into the hillside creating sweeping views of the surrounding Virginia hills and woods. During the session, we took time to explore the charm of the property which included cooling off in the reflecting pool, strolling down the multiple boxwood lined paths and just relaxing on some hidden garden benches​.

Melissa and Isaac said their vows in Melissa’s home town of Leesburg VA on May 2, 2015. The white lace dress is from Melissa’s mother’s vintage collection.

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Dress: Alice And Olivia | Makeup: Jan Scott | Hair: Elegant Hair by Giselle | Venue: Oatlands Plantation

Rustic Chic Wedding at Riverside On The Potomac

From the sparkly touches (hello Vera Wang ‘maids dresses and Louboutin‘s!) to the gorgeous setting to the quiet moments in between, this rustic chic affair had me at the first swoon-filled glance. Laura Gordon has captivated every ounce of my being with her beautiful imagery and thanks to the dream team of vendors, including Floral And BloomEvents By Sofia and Paisley & Jade, the details are endlessly dreamy—take a peek for yourself!

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From the beautiful Bride…While Carl and I consider ourselves city-dwellers, when we got engaged we both knew we wanted a wedding that was away from our busy DC city lives and in a beautiful setting that would be filled with details that best describe us: modern, classic, romantic and rustic. We were fortunate enough to find a venue and form a team of vendors that were able to deliver just that – and our day could not have been more perfect!

We chose a charming, equestrian farm venue in Virginia surrounded by horses and rolling hills. Blushes and gold blended into a beautiful color palette that gave off the romantic, modern and classic feel we were going for against a rustic backdrop .

Perhaps one of the most memorable parts of our wedding day was our outdoor ceremony . We rented an antique, white hutch from Paisley and Jade, which served as our alter against the lush, green backdrop of the farm. Our ceremony involved so many of our closest friends and family – one of my younger sisters sang a beautiful acapela solo, Carl’s Dad and brother walked him down the aisle, and my matron of honor designed and made our wedding fan programs. My Dad is an ordained minister, so we had him read bible passages in Spanish and give us his blessing alongside our officiant. It was so special to us both to have him up there with us. One of the most meaningful vendors to us was our live painter, whom we had as a way to commemorate Carl’s mother who is deceased and was an art teacher. It’s a painting we will forever cherish!

Through the process of planning, I was extremely indecisive because of the endless options that come with being a bride. So, I opted for a few choices instead of settling on just one. For example, I had two different style dresses for my bridesmaids because I just couldn’t decide on one that would suit all of their tastes. While Taylor and Hov made our beautiful wooden invitations, our day-of paper goods were designed and made by matron of honor (my older sister). I chose a floral design for the ceremony, while going with a more equestrian design for our menu cards and they both turned out perfectly. I loved that our paper goods didn’t all match, it provided a fun surprise for each little event in the day.

Fluffy Thoughts bakery created the most delicious and beautiful cake of 3 different flavors, again, because I couldn’t decide on just one of their delicious flavor options. Rachel, of Floral and Bloom, was the most patient soul with my indecisive bride brain . She worked with us to create beautiful arrangements that fulfilled both of our desires for small blush-family florals and taller, rustic babies breath bombs to play off the 65 foot ceiling in the barn. Lastly, I had two different dresses instead of just one. For most of the day, I chose to wear a classic lace, open-back Katie May gown which I then had further customized with satin buttons and crinoline from Green & Blue Studio in DC. At the end of the reception and for our sparkler exit, I changed into a short and feminine Sherri Hill dress that allowed me to dance the last few songs more comfortably. Choosing multiple options was one of the best things we could have done. We went with what we loved even if it meant things weren’t overly matchy-matchy.

Other details from our wedding day included DIY projects we tackled throughout the months and even days leading up to our wedding – we scoured thrift shops for picture frames, vases, ornate mirrors and candle holders and spray painted them gold to match our color palette. We visited local wine shops to collect wooden wine boxes and sanded and stained a dozen of them which were then uses to line our ceremony alter and decor throughout the barn. We distressed a dresser we found for free and used it for our water station. We spray painted toy horses gold, and Julie from Sandpiper and Co., provided beautiful calligraphy place cards for each guest. With the help of one of our neighbors, we sanded and painted large standing wooden letters spelling LOVE, which served as a fun photo opportunity for us and our guests.

At the end of the night, Carl surprised me with a gelato stand. This meant so much to me, as we often do date nights and “dessert before dinner” with gelato since our early days of dating. Pitango gelato was the perfect treat to top off the night before our sparkler exit.

We were so blessed to have the amazing support of our families and friends, and the creative direction of Laura Gordon and her amazing photography talents. We were so amazed by the group vendors who worked as a team to make our dream wedding a reality. Because of their collaboration and seamless execution, we will never forget the best day of our lives!

Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Videography: SGD Editing | Event Planning: Events By Sofia | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Invitations: Taylor And Hov | Shoes: Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vera Wang | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White House | Black Market | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | Makeup And Hair: Shauné Hayes | Calligraphy: Sandpiper And Co. | Groom's Attire: Geoffrey Lewis | Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein | Wedding Venue: Riverside On The Potomac | Gelato Stand: Pitango Gelato | Rentals: Paisley & Jade

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